YouTube Friday: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Posted: April 6, 2012 in YouTube Friday

A special one today…this is both the 150th post on this blog (huzzah!) and the one-year anniversary of YouTube Fridays (technically, it’s Sunday, but that would be silly to celebrate then).  So, we’ve got three videos for the price of one, and all are different versions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  We’ll start with Miss Judy Garland singing the original in The Wizard of Oz.  Next is Israel Kamakawiwoʻole with his ukulele cover of the song (despite how he butchers the lyrics, it’s still a great version).  Finally, we’ll close with my favorite version of the song, as performed by Eva Cassidy.  Thanks for joining me!

  1. Mamie says:

    The Eva Cassidy version brings tears to my eyes every single time I hear it. It seems even more poignant in light of her untimely death. We definitely lost a ‘song bird.’

  2. themtguy says:

    Now that I think of it, all three of these died kind of tragically – Judy Garland of an accidental overdose, Iz of complications with obesity, and Eva Cassidy of skin cancer. But the great thing about the time we live in is that the music lives on.

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